“The housing crisis isn’t a crisis, it’s a design project”

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/opinion/"><strong>Opinion:</strong></a> the UK's housing crisis is no accident, but has been carefully orchestrated to become a catch-all excuse for self-serving projects, argues Phineas Harper in his first Opinion column for Dezeen. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/30/phineas-harper-opinion-on-the-uk-housing-crisis-that-isnt-a-crisis/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

The Worst Thing About the 2016 Venice Biennale Was the Response of its Sanctimonious Critics

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"Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu "Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu To many, it might seem that the goals of Alejandro Aravena's 2016 Venice Biennale—as he describes it, "to understand what design tools are needed to subvert the forces that privilege the individual gain over the collective benefit"—are beyond reproach. In spite of these aims, a number of commentators nevertheless have emerged, perhaps led most vocally by Patrik Schumacher, criticizing the biennale. In this article, originally published on The Architecture Foundation's website as "Holier than thou," Phineas Harper responds to those criticisms. The most surprising turn of the 2016 Venice Biennale was not the exhibition itself, but the reaction of its critics. Within hours of kick-off, the internet was filling up with derogatory mutterings of the show being '"worthy," "moralizing," "holier than thou’," "earnest," "’virtue-signaling" and "right on" (which apparently is an insult). The architectural Twitterati, it seemed,
NLÉ's Makoko Floating School at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Gabinete de Arquitectura’s “Breaking the Siege” – Winner of the Golden Lion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
UNFINISHED, curated by Iñaqui Carnicero & Carlos Quintáns, the winner of the Golden Lion for a national contribution (Spanish Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
In Therapy, curated by David Basulto and James Taylor Foster (Nordic Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
"Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Gabinete de Arquitectura’s “Breaking the Siege” – Winner of the Golden Lion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
NLÉ's Makoko Floating School at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
UNFINISHED, curated by Iñaqui Carnicero & Carlos Quintáns, the winner of the Golden Lion for a national contribution (Spanish Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
"OUR AMAZON FRONTLINE," curated by Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse (Peruvian Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
en : art of nexus, curated by Yoshiyuki Yamana (Japanese Pavilion). Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
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